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Anonymous was created in 1939. It is virtually universal in treatment
programs. But alcoholism has risen about 20 percent since then.
Between 1968 and 1987, the total number of people who reported
alcohol dependence doubled from 7 percent to 15 percent. . .
"I'm not sure the medical/disease approach is the best approach
to addiction. About half the people once alcohol dependent no
longer have a problem without treatment. What does it mean that
so many people overcome addiction on their own? There is no biological
model of addiction that can explain when or if you will quit.
Twelve-step programs are selling a set of values, and perhaps
they work for people who already have something like those values."
Peele, Ph.D., J.D., author of The Diseasing of America: Addiction
Treatment Out of Control, speaking on "The Construction
of Addiction" on Nov. 17, 2000 as part of the Perspectives
on Addiction Lecture Series of the Faculty Seminar on Science
for the Truth
"I did not
decide one day that the Holocaust did happen. I grew up in a
culture-post-War, American and Jewish-where the Holocaust was
a given. I grew up with relatives who had survived it and a father
who spent time and money bringing some of those relatives to
the United States. It would no more have occurred to me to question
either the fact or the enormity of the Holocaust than it would
have occurred to me to question the fact that I was a resident
of Providence, Rhode Island. Or the fact that Ted Williams was
the greatest living baseball player, if not, as I happened to
believe, the greatest living American. . . .
"As a result, when I first heard about the phenomenon of
Holocaust denial, I heard it as an obvious absurdity, as an outlandish
thesis that had attached to it a burden of proof requirement
so strong that nothing was likely to pass it. That's the way
it is with evidence. Evidence doesn't just sit there unadorned
and unencumbered asking for your evaluation; it sits in the midst
of a structure of belief and conviction that precedes it and
colors one's reception of it."
Fish, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University
of Illinois at Chicago, speaking on campus as part of the Tenenbaum
Conference on Truth, the Law, and the Holocaust on Nov. 2, 2000
Schuchard of the English department, author of the April/May
2000 Academic Exchange essay "Academic
reports that the RSVP rate for the annual reception for arts
and sciences faculty at the Carter Center last fall was 423 responses
out of 822 invitations (51.5 percent), compared to 465 out of
860 the year before (54 percent).